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Scholarship Opportunity For Alabama Meteorology Students

Mon, 04/18/2016 - 10:52

The Central Alabama Chapter of the National Weather Association is pleased to announce that we are offering two college scholarships for the Fall of 2016. Each scholarship will be worth $500.

The scholarships are available to undergraduate or graduate students who are a full-time resident of Alabama and attend an accredited college or university that offers a degree in atmospheric science or meteorology.

Information on how to apply for these scholarships is available on the Central Alabama NWA web site.

Please help spread the word about this opportunity to a future meteorologist!

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Amazing Rainfalls in Southeast Texas

Mon, 04/18/2016 - 07:47

Up to 15 inches of rain has fallen in areas west and northwest of Houston this morning.

Houston’s Intercontinental Airport had already broken their rainfall record for April 18…by 5:20 a.m.!

And even more amazing: it also established a new monthly record for any date in April!

8.85 inches had fallen at of 5:20 a.m.

9.39 is the current total for the day.

3.91 inches fell between midnight and 1 a.m. with another 3.19 inches between 4 – 5 a.m.

1.03 inches fell in just ELEVEN minutes between 4:34-4:45 a.m.

There are big delays at Intercontinental and Hobby, which of course impacts Birmingham flights as those are Southwest and United hubs.

An additional 3-4 inches of rain is possible today.

My by estimation, the 9.39 represents the second wettest day on history for the Houston area. The 10.34 inches that fell on June 26, 1989 is Houston’s wettest.

Of course, over 36 inches fell across parts of Houston in June 2001 at Tropical Storm Allison stalled over the area. 8.13 inches fell on June 8th that year with another 2.92 inches on June 9th. That was on top of 5.33 on June 5th. The total that month officially in Houston was 19.21 inches.

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Warm, Dry Weather For Alabama

Mon, 04/18/2016 - 06:27

BIG WARM-UP TODAY: We are starting the day in the 47-52 degree range for most places, but with sunshine in full supply, we rise to near 80 degrees this afternoon thanks to an upper ridge in place across the eastern U.S.

TO THE WEST: We should note that while we enjoy a beautiful day, the omega block upper air pattern is setting up a very dangerous flood situation in Southeast Texas; some places west of Houston have received over 15 inches of rain as I write this early this morning, and a flash flood emergency is in effect for Harris and Montgomery Counties.

TOMORROW/WEDNESDAY: Warm, dry weather continues tomorrow with ample sunshine and a high in the low 80s. Then, on Wednesday, the omega block breaks down, and moisture begins to return. Clouds will begin to increase, and a few spots could see an afternoon shower. The weather stays warm Wednesday with a high around 80 degrees.

RAIN RETURNS: Showers and storms will return to Alabama Thursday and Thursday night as an upper trough approaches, but for now severe weather is not expected. Rain amounts will be around 1/2 inch.

FRIDAY AND THE WEEKEND: The sky becomes partly sunny Friday as the upper trough moves on to the east with a high in the mid 70s, and then we expect a delightful weekend with sunny days and fair nights. The high Saturday will be in the upper 70s, followed by low 80s Sunday afternoon.

HONDA INDY GRAND PRIX OF ALABAMA: Weather is looking fantastic for the event this weekend… partly sunny Friday, sunny Saturday and Sunday. Very comfortable afternoons. Get ticket information here.

AT THE BEACH: Dry through Wednesday from Panama City Beach over to Gulf Shores, then a chance of showers and storms Thursday. Dry weather follows Friday, and the weekend looks very nice with sunny days and fair nights Saturday and Sunday. Highs generally in the 70s… and the sea water temperature early this morning at the Dauphin Island Sea Lab is 67 degrees. See a very detailed Gulf Coast forecast here.

NEXT WEEK: Dry weather continues Monday… looks like the next risk of showers/storms will come late Tuesday into Wednesday. And, for now, it doesn’t look like a severe weather threat. See the Weather Xtreme video for maps, graphics, and more details.

WEATHER BRAINS: Don’t forget you can listen to our weekly 90 minute netcast anytime on the web, or on iTunes. This is the show all about weather featuring many familiar voices, including our meteorologists here at ABC 33/40. We will produce this week’s show tonight at 8:30 CT…. you can watch it live here.

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I have a weather program this morning at Piedmont Elementary School…. look for the next Weather Xtreme video here by 4:00 this afternoon. Enjoy the day!

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A Nearly Cloudless Sky

Sun, 04/17/2016 - 11:38

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An almost cloudless sky is the headliner on a beautiful day across the state of Alabama. Just a few high clouds are sliding across the state on a northwesterly flow aloft as we find ourselves on the front side of building ridge which has its axis over Mississippi.

Temperatures are approaching 70F and will top out in the lower and middle 70s.

MORE NICE WEATHER AHEAD: Skies will be mostly clear through tomorrow as high pressure builds over the Southeast ahead of a big upper level low rotates over the southwestern United States. Partly cloudy skies will prevail Tuesday and Wednesday. High temperatures will be in the middle 70s today and tomorrow and near 80F Tuesday and Wednesday as the last vestiges of a bit of an easterly wedge relaxes.

NEXT RAIN CHANCES: As the upper low finally gets pushed out to the northeast by an encroaching upper level trough off the Pacific Northwest coast. A few showers and storms will gradually settle into the state on Thursday. Showers will remain in the forecast on Friday, but will diminish on Saturday. Temperatures will be warm into the weekend.

HONDA INDY GRAND PRIX OF ALABAMA: The big event is coming up at the Barber Motorsports Park April 22-24… Great news!! The latest runs of the GFS and European show that the rain will be out of here by Friday morning leading to great weather for racng. Get ticket information here.

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Sunshine for Several Days

Sun, 04/17/2016 - 07:08

Saturday turned out to be a fairly nice day, though the strong east wind was a little brisk especially during the morning. But overnight the upper level weakness continued to dissipate, and most of Alabama is waking up to clear skies this morning. With plenty of sunshine look for the afternoon highs to reach well into the 70s with most places in the middle 70s.

Beach weather looks good, too, with plenty of sunshine ahead for those at the beach. Through midweek there will be dry weather with more sun than clouds, so be sure to use the sunscreen. Afternoon highs will be in the 70s. This latest reading at Perdido Pass at Orange Beach showed the water temperature at 68 degrees. See the complete Gulf Coast 7 Day Planner here.

There is not much to say about the weather in Central Alabama from Monday through Wednesday. We will see lots of sunshine with a gradual warming trend as highs climb to the lower 80s by Wednesday. Morning lows will be cool but not too chilly with readings around 50 Monday and Tuesday and into the upper 50s Wednesday.

Yesterday the GFS seemed to be struggling with exactly what to do with the weather for the end of the week. Well the latest GFS run has a pretty big change that will mean drier weather for next weekend. The upper low over the Southwest US eventually lifts out to the north and then phases with the large trough over northern Canada to move eastward across the Middle Mississippi River Valley. Below this upper trough, a surface low will develop in the vicinity of Paducah, KY, and move northeast into New England by Friday. This drags a cold front across Alabama late Thursday and early Friday. This represents a big change in the overall pattern from yesterday which brought the front into the area and stalled it.

This solution is also very close to the solution presented by the European model, so confidence is fairly high with both global models in close agreement. This solution puts our best rain chances from late Thursday afternoon into the first half of Friday. The front pushes well off the Southeast US coast on Saturday, so Saturday and Sunday should be very nice days with temperatures close to expected seasonal values with lows in the 50s and highs in the 70s.

The Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama will be at Barber Motorsports Park next weekend, April 22-24, and the latest model projections suggest some great weather for racing. You can get ticket information here.

Looking further afield, both the GFS and ECMWF are suggesting a large upper ridge over the eastern US for the first half of week 2. The ridge holds into the second half of the week, but a fairly strong short wave trough around April 29th promises some active weather late that week.

I had a great time at the Mutt Strut on Saturday morning with Meaghan Thomas. She ran the race while I held down the meet-and-greet tasks at the ABC 3340 booth. Nice to have a dry event for the Mutt Strut and the steady to brisk east wind kept everyone cool. Our promotions director, Karen Swann, was in the race, too, but she did a combination of walk/run. Both ladies mentioned that the race course was a tough because of the numerous hills.

James Spann will be back in the saddle come Monday morning with the next edition of the Weather Xtreme Video. You can always check in with the blog for the latest notes on the weather. Enjoy the sunshine and Godspeed.

-Brian-

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Sunshine Returning, Warmer

Sat, 04/16/2016 - 14:09

After the cloudy start to our day, drier air is moving in from the east and we are seeing the sunshine return from east to west across the state today.

Temperatures are in the lower 70s for most of this afternoon, and it continues to be breezy at times. For the rest of today and into tonight, the sky will continue to clear.

By tomorrow morning, we are forecasting chilly temperatures. Expect 40s across East Alabama, while lower 50s are expected west of Interstate 65. Forecast model output below for 7AM tomorrow morning looks pretty consistent with our thinking.

A ridge will continue to build in across the Southeast this weekend, and we are going to see more sun and warmer temperatures ahead in the forecast. For tomorrow, expect a day full of sunshine and plenty of blue sky. After the chilly start, we should all see temperatures well into the 70s tomorrow afternoon. Definitely a splendid spring Sunday of weather ahead.

With ridge in control of our weather, the weather for the week ahead is shaping up to be quite nice, and after this past week’s cloudy and dreary conditions, we sure need it. Through at least Wednesday, each day sure feature more sun than clouds and afternoon highs will be in the the upper 70s and lower 80s through out Central Alabama. Nights will be fair and cool, with overnight lows in the 50s.

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Several Days of Dry Weather

Sat, 04/16/2016 - 06:11

The pesky easterly flow along with a sort of wedge pattern continued this morning with much of the Southeast US cloudy and radar showing some patchy light rain showers stretching from Montgomery to western Jefferson County. Looks like the clouds and the possibility of some sprinkles or light rain will continue with us for the morning with some drying during the afternoon. We will probably see a little more sun peeking through the clouds during the mid to late afternoon. Highs today should reach the upper 60s and lower 70s.

The upper level weakness across the Southeast US and Lower Mississippi River Valley will continue to weaken tonight and Sunday, so I expect to see a much nicer day for us as sunshine returns on Sunday with highs climbing into the middle 70s, a value pretty typical for this time of year.

Just as we are seeing in Central Alabama, improving weather is expected for the northern Gulf Coast this weekend. It has been a rather dreary week for beach goers, but by later today, sunshine will return, and it will stick around through the middle of next week. Afternoon highs will be in the 70s, but water temperatures are still a little chilly. Yesterday afternoon at Perdido Pass at Orange Beach the water temperature was 69F. See the complete Gulf Coast 7 Day Planner here.

A combination of the upper ridge and surface high pressure is expected to keep us dry and warm through midweek. For now with a somewhat weak upper level pattern, I’m going to hold off any chance of rain until Thursday, but Wednesday will be a transition day as clouds increase with an increase in moisture as a surface high slides off into the Atlantic bringing the surface flow around to a southerly direction. A surface low, but one that is not forecast to be very strong, will move from eastern Kansas on Thursday to southern Michigan on Friday to off the New England coast by Saturday.

The movement of this surface system along with an upper level trough will drag a weak frontal boundary into the Southeast US Friday and Saturday. While temperatures will be warm with lows in the lower 60s and highs in the lower 80s, we are likely to see chances for showers from Thursday into the weekend.

The big event at Barber Motorsports Park is next weekend, April 22, 23, and 24. It is on the edge of voodoo country, so it’s difficult to be very specific. I also note that the past several long range model runs have been struggling with next week’s system. It still looks as though the pattern would support warm temperatures, with a chance of scattered showers next weekend. Still plenty of time to watch the forecast unfold. You will find ticket information here.

I’m putting this together a little bit earlier today due to an event down at UAB, the Mutt Strut. I will be at the ABC 3340 tent along with several other on-air people, so be sure to stop by our booth and say hello. The earlier production of this video together with slightly later model availability means that I do not have any of the GFS output into voodoo country.

The next Weather Xtreme Video will be posted here first thing on Sunday morning. I hope you have a great day and Godspeed.

-Brian-

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A Brighter and Warmer Weekend

Fri, 04/15/2016 - 15:13

RADAR CHECK: Just a few scattered showers are in progress this afternoon across the great state of Alabama…

The showers are moving northwest, and we will maintain the risk of some scattered light rain tonight. Temperatures this afternoon are in the 60s.

THE ALABAMA WEEKEND: Clouds will persist tomorrow morning, and there could be a touch of light rain or drizzle in a few spots, but the sky should become partly to mostly sunny by afternoon as subsidence takes over. The high tomorrow should be close to 70 degrees in most places… then expect sunshine in full supply Sunday with a high in the mid 70s.

NEXT WEEK: An upper ridge will set up warm, dry weather Monday and Tuesday with a high at or just over 80 degrees. We will mention a slight risk of a shower Wednesday, followed by a better chance of showers, and possibly a thunderstorm or two, Thursday and Friday. It does’t look like a severe weather situation at this point… see the Weather Xtreme video for maps, graphics, and more details.

A-DAY: The sky should be partly sunny tomorrow for the 2:00 kickoff of the annual spring football game at Bryant-Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa with temperatures in the low 70s. No risk of rain.

AT THE BEACH: Mostly sunny days, fair nights tomorrow through early next week from Gulf Shores over to Panama City Beach with highs generally in the 70s. See a very detailed Gulf Coast forecast here.

HONDA INDY GRAND PRIX OF ALABAMA: The big event is coming up at the Barber Motorsports Park April 22-24… for now it looks like a few showers and storms are possible on Friday (April 22), followed by a trend toward drier weather April 23-24. Highs will be in the 77-81 degree range. Get ticket information here.

WEATHER BRAINS: Don’t forget you can listen to our weekly 90 minute netcast anytime on the web, or on iTunes. This is the show all about weather featuring many familiar voices, including our meteorologists here at ABC 33/40.

CONNECT: You can find me on all of the major social networks…

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I had a great time today visiting with the students today at West Jefferson Elementary School… be looking for them on the Pepsi KIDCAM today at 5:00 on ABC 33/40 News! Look for my next Weather Xtreme video Monday morning by 7:00… Brian Peters will have the video updates tomorrow and Sunday. Enjoy the weekend!

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Plenty of Good News from Our Alabama NewsCenter Friends

Fri, 04/15/2016 - 12:07

From football to golf to business, there was plenty of good news in the state from our friends at Alabama NewsCenter this week.

Alabama A-Day impact expected to hit $10 million

Auburn fans ready to see defense, quarterbacks at A-Day game

AHSAA passes ‘Tim Tebow rule’ to allow home-schooled students to play sports at public schools

Four startup companies advance from Birmingham to compete in Nashville for $50,000

Birmingham’s Innovation Depot has had nearly $1.4 billion impact since 2010

Eastaboga Bee Company is abuzz with everything from honey to lip balm

Raytheon said to be seeking funding for more Alabama-made missiles

Mercedes sales climb twice as fast as BMW in first quarter

Pro golfer Rocco Mediate readies for Regions Tradition May 18-22

Birmingham’s Rotary Trail sign rapidly becoming a selfie centerpiece

From home plate to home sales, Eli Iorg makes journey from pro baseball to Alabama Realtor

Jackie Robinson honored by talented young Alabama player

Tempt your tastebuds, watch baseball and help Mother Nature in Can’t Miss Alabama

Darter Festival 2016 provides awareness and support for rare species

Champions of Sustainability work to transform Birmingham area

Electrathon gives Alabama, Georgia students exposure to engineering

David Ford works to preserve the Berman Collection in Anniston

Bikeshare blossoms in Birmingham

Spend time, not money with the Alabama outdoors weather

Avondale is home to a relocated Alabama Environmental Council’s Recycling Center

Gaston Steam Plant volunteers help Sycamore students spread wings with butterfly garden

Market at Pepper Place returns this weekend in Birmingham

Homemade meatloaf at G’s Country Kitchen featured in 100 Dishes to Eat in Alabama Before You Die

In praise of Virginia Van der Veer Hamilton: pioneering Alabama historian, author and mentor

 

 

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Friday Midday Nowcast For Alabama

Fri, 04/15/2016 - 11:10

Gray skies and cool is the word for much of the state at this hour. Not much rain out there right now, but our neighbors to the west are dealing with moderate to heavy rainfall.

CURRENT CONDITIONS: Most of Alabama is currently blanketed by clouds, except for the northeastern counties of the state. There is hardly any rain to speak up showing up on radar. There are a few showers showing up over parts of Lee, Russell, Barbour, Macon, Bullock, and Pike counties. Most of the rain activity is currently located over much of west and central Mississippi, and scattered showers stretching across the southern half of Georgia. No convective watches or warnings are in effect anywhere in the US at the moment.

TEMPERATURES: Current temperatures range from the middle 50s to the middle 60s across Alabama at the moment: Here is a list of a few readings across the state:

Birmingham 59
Huntsville 64
Muscle Shoals 64
Gadsden 63
Anniston 64
Alexander City 54
Montgomery 59
Mobile 61

LATER TODAY: Much of the state will remain cloudy today, and temperatures will remain cool. A few scattered showers are possible today, but rain amounts will be light and spotty as the air is relatively dry and stable. Highs will be in the 60s, but cold air damming will keep parts of far east Alabama cooler.

TOMORROW: The day will start off with clouds over much of the state, with drizzle or a little light rain possible in a few spots. Skies should start to clear gradually throughout the day, as an upper ridge begins to build. We should reach the mid 60s to 70 for much of the area.

SPRING FOOTBALL IN TUSCALOOSA: After morning clouds, the sky should become partly sunny during the “A-Day” game at Bryant-Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa tomorrow (2:00 PM CDT kickoff), with temperatures rising to near 70 degrees during the game.

HONDA INDY GRAND PRIX OF ALABAMA: The big event is coming up at the Barber Motorsports Park April on 22-24. For now, it looks like Friday (April 22) will be mostly cloudy and mild with a chance of showers and storms, but conditions will gradually trend drier for Saturday and Sunday (April 23-24). Highs 77-80 degrees. Get ticket information here.

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Widely Scattered Showers Today

Fri, 04/15/2016 - 06:16

RADAR CHECK: Showers early this morning are widely scattered across Alabama…

The sky is mostly cloudy, and temperatures in the 50s. Clouds will cover much of the state today, and we will maintain the risk of a few scattered showers, but the air is relatively dry and stable, so rain amounts, if any, will be light and spotty. Afternoon temperatures will be in the 60s. A CAD (cold air damming) pattern will keep far East Alabama a bit cooler.

THE ALABAMA WEEKEND: We will begin the day tomorrow with clouds over most of the state, and maybe even a touch of light rain or drizzle in spots during the morning. Then, expect gradual clearing tomorrow afternoon as an upper ridge begins to build. The high tomorrow should be in the 65-70 degree range for most communities. Then, Sunday will feature a sunny sky with a high in the mid 70s.

NEXT WEEK: Warm, dry weather is the story Monday through Wednesday with afternoon highs at or just over 80 degrees. We will introduce the chance of showers and storms Thursday and Friday as an upper trough approaches, but for now it doesn’t look like a severe weather threat. See the Weather Xtreme video for maps, graphics, and more details.

SPRING FOOTBALL IN TUSCALOOSA: After morning clouds, the sky should become partly sunny during the “A-Day” game at Bryant-Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa tomorrow (2:00p CT kickoff), with temperatures rising to near 70 degrees during the game.

AT THE BEACH: A few showers remain possible today, but the weather looks dry tomorrow through early next week from Panama City Beach over to Gulf Shores with mostly sunny days and fair nights. Highs mostly in the 70s; the sea water temperature early this morning at the Dauphin Island Sea Lab is 67 degrees. See a very detailed Gulf Coast forecast here.

HONDA INDY GRAND PRIX OF ALABAMA: The big event is coming up at the Barber Motorsports Park April 22-24… for now it looks like Friday (April 22) will be mostly cloudy and mild with a chance of showers and storms, but conditions will gradually trend drier for Saturday and Sunday (April 23-24). Highs 77-80 degrees. Get ticket information here.

FIVE YEARS AGO TODAY: The “forgotten” tornado outbreak of April 15, 2011. A total 45 tornadoes touched down in our state, killing seven people; the deaths came in Marengo, Autauga, and Washington Counties. An EF-3 tornado moved through the southern and eastern part of Tuscaloosa. This event would be overshadowed later in the month by the generational tornado outbreak on April 27.

WEATHER BRAINS: Don’t forget you can listen to our weekly 90 minute netcast anytime on the web, or on iTunes. This is the show all about weather featuring many familiar voices, including our meteorologists here at ABC 33/40.

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I have a weather program this morning at West Jefferson Elementary School… look for the next Weather Xtreme video here by 4:00 this afternoon. Enjoy the day!

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Showers Remain Possible Through Tomorrow

Thu, 04/14/2016 - 15:11

RADAR CHECK: The radar is actually pretty quiet this afternoon; we note a cluster of heavy showers over Pickens County in West Alabama (even seeing some lighting in that cluster now), otherwise the sky is generally cloudy. We note some breaks in the overcast over Northeast and Southwest Alabama…

On the maps, a broad upper low is over Arkansas, and as that feature approaches we will need to maintain the risk of showers tonight and tomorrow. Nothing too heavy, nothing really widespread. Just be ready for a few passing showers over the next 24 hours. Rain amounts should be under 1/2 inch for most places.

Models are not as aggressive with the CAD (cold air damming) pattern, so most places will rise back into the 60s tomorrow afternoon.

THE ALABAMA WEEKEND: While some lingering clouds are possible early Saturday, the sky should become mostly sunny during the day, and we will remove the risk of any lingering showers based on the weaker CAD and model trends. We reach the low 70s Saturday afternoon, and Sunday promises to be a delightful day, with ample sunshine and a high in the mid 70s.

ALABAMA SPRING FOOTBALL: Expect a good supply of sunshine for Saturday’s “A-Day” game in Tuscaloosa with temperatures generally in the low 70s.

NEXT WEEK: We will see a nice summer preview Monday through Wednesday with highs up in the low 80s along with mostly sunny days and fair nights. Showers will return Thursday and Friday, but for now it doesn’t look like a severe weather situation. See the Weather Xtreme video for maps, graphics, and more details.

HONDA INDY GRAND PRIX OF ALABAMA: The big event is coming up at the Barber Motorsports Park April 22-24… too early for a specific forecast, but at this point the weather looks warm and rather showery. Get ticket information here.

AT THE BEACH: Showers and storms remain possible tomorrow from Panama City Beach over to Gulf Shores, but dry air returns over the weekend with sunny days and fair nights Saturday and Sunday. The dry weather holds into early next week… highs mostly in the 70s. See a very detailed Gulf Coast forecast here.

WEATHER BRAINS: Don’t forget you can listen to our weekly 90 minute netcast anytime on the web, or on iTunes. This is the show all about weather featuring many familiar voices, including our meteorologists here at ABC 33/40.

CONNECT: You can find me on all of the major social networks…

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I enjoyed seeing the kindergarten students today at Coldwater Elementary in Calhoun County… be looking for them on the Pepsi KIDCAM today at 5:00 on ABC 33/40 News! The next Weather Xtreme video will be posted here by 7:00 a.m. tomorrow…

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Thursday Midday Nowcast For Alabama

Thu, 04/14/2016 - 11:24

A mostly cloudy sky currently across the state of Alabama, with a few breaks in the northeast corner of the state, and over a few counties in the west-central part of the state. Much of the rainfall at this time is located along the Gulf Coast and up into the southern-most counties of the state. There are a few showers over Greene, Hale, Sumter, and Marengo counties in western part of the state, with a few more located over Lauderdale and Limestone counties in north Alabama.

SEVERE WEATHER: Severe storms are not expected across the state today. There are a couple of Severe Thunderstorm Warnings in effect across the nation, and they are for a few counties in extreme western Mississippi and eastern Louisiana.

TEMPERATURES ACROSS THE STATE: At 11:00 AM, temperatures across the state range from the upper 50s to the middle 60s. Here are the readings for some cities across the state:

Birmingham: 61
Tuscaloosa: 63
Huntsville: 64
Muscle Shoals: 61
Gadsden: 63
Anniston: 63
Auburn: 61
Montgomery: 66
Mobile: 66

REST OF TODAY & TONIGHT: With an upper-level low centered west of Alabama, we will be cloudy and cool with occasional showers through tonight. Daytime highs will not get out of the 60s today.

TOMORROW: It will be another mostly cloudy to cloudy day across the state, as a cold air damming pattern will bring a cooler airmass into the eastern counties of Alabama. We will continue to have periods of light rain, with additional rain totals from now through tomorrow night close to 1/2 inch for the northern-half of the state, with closer to 1 inch for the southern-half of the state.

HONDA INDY GRAND PRIX OF ALABAMA: The big event is coming up at the Barber Motorsports Park on April 22-24. It is too early to be specific for a forecast, but at this point the weather looks warm and rather showery. Get ticket information here.

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Cool, Wet Weather Continues

Thu, 04/14/2016 - 06:21

PERIODS OF RAIN: Some of the heaviest rain at daybreak is over Southeast Alabama, with light to moderate showers showing up over the northern half of the state…

An upper low west of the state will keep us cloudy and cool with occasional showers through tonight. We stay in the 60s today, well below the average high of 74 for April 14.

TOMORROW: A cold air damming pattern (CAD) will bring cooler air into the eastern counties of the state, where they will hold in the cool 50s most of the day. Periods of mostly light rain will continue; additional rain totals from now through tomorrow night will be close to 1/2 inch for the northern half of the state, with amounts closer to 1 inch for South Alabama.

SATURDAY: CAD patterns often take longer to break down that models suggest, and no doubt there is a good chance clouds will linger into Saturday morning. And, the high resolution (4km) NAM and European (ECMWF) models suggest we will need to hang on to some risk of lingering showers. and we will lean in that direction in the forecast. The high Saturday afternoon will be in the 67-70 degree range.

SUNDAY THROUGH TUESDAY: Delightful weather for Alabama, with sunny warm days, and clear pleasant nights. We reach the mid 70s Sunday, followed by 80 degree warmth Monday and Tuesday.

Showers should return toward the end of next week, but no sign of any severe weather problems around here. See the Weather Xtreme video for maps, graphics, and more details.

HONDA INDY GRAND PRIX OF ALABAMA: The big event is coming up at the Barber Motorsports Park April 22-24… too early for a specific forecast, but at this point the weather looks warm and rather showery. Get ticket information here.

AT THE BEACH: Occasional showers and storms will continue through tomorrow, but the weekend will be brighter with sunshine returning Saturday and Sunday. The dry weather continues into early next week with highs generally in the 70s on the immediate coast… See a very detailed Gulf Coast forecast here.

WEATHER BRAINS: Don’t forget you can listen to our weekly 90 minute netcast anytime on the web, or on iTunes. This is the show all about weather featuring many familiar voices, including our meteorologists here at ABC 33/40.

CONNECT: You can find me on all of the major social networks…

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I have a weather program today at Coldwater Elementary School in Calhoun County… be looking for the next Weather Xtreme video here by 4:00 this afternoon. Enjoy the day!

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Calling all Members! The NWA Needs You

Wed, 04/13/2016 - 20:55
Calling all Members! The NWA Needs You on Saturday, September 10th for WeatherReadyFest in Downtown Norfolk

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The National Weather Association’s 41st Annual Meeting will kick off with a public outreach event on Saturday, September 10, 2016 at the Nauticus Science Center in Downtown Norfolk. All WeatherFest activities will be free and open to the public. Guests will also receive reduced museum admission on September 10th.

DETAILS
WeatherFest Hours: 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
WeatherFest Set Up Begins at 7:00 a.m.

Scout Event: 7:30 a.m. – 12 noon

Scout Registration Begins at 7:00 a.m.

We need as many members as possible to arrive on Friday night to be a part of this huge event! We expect over 5,000 local residents to attend the WeatherFest from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. and we will be hosting 200 Boy and Girl Scouts who will earn their WeatherReady Nation Patch between 7:30 a.m. and noon. There will be games, activities, exhibits, speakers, films, book signings balloon releases and large equipment displays.

COST: Free!
There is no cost for NWA Individual or Corporate Members to participate in WeatherFest. One skirted table will be provided if you are exhibiting or providing a game/activity. A parking space will be provided if you are bringing a large vehicle. Extra tables cost $20 each. Electrical services cost $25. Specify your needs on the online registration form.

LOCATION: Nauticus Science Museum
One Waterside Drive
Norfolk, Virginia 23510

INDOOR/OUTDOOR EVENT – Most of the exhibit space is outdoors, but undercover. Depending on the weather, which is generally nice in Norfolk in September, most exhibits and activities will be outdoors. There is an inclement weather backup facility on site.

WHAT CAN I DO?
Every NWA member has a role! Pick the one that best suits you.

You can serve as a Volunteer, mentoring scouts during the WeatherReady Patch Event, helping set up, doing registration, assisting visitors and helping breakdown the event. You will get a beautiful NWA WeatherFest polo shirt. Sign up here to be a Volunteer!

You can be an Exhibitor at a table or booth or presenting a piece of large equipment (Doppler radar, chase vehicle, etc.); signing books or providing autographs; delivering educational, preparedness or safety information; or selling a product such as a device or app. Sign up here to Exhibit at WeatherFest!

You can staff an Activity, setting up an experiment, game, teaching activity or stage show. Sign up here to handle a weather activity or game.

You can be a Speaker, presenting a general interest topic on weather or the atmosphere. Email Bill Murray if you are interested in being a speaker.

You can serve in a leadership role, as a Team Leader, overseeing things like Social Media for the event. Email Bill Murray if you are interested in leading a team.

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Heavy Rain For South Alabama: Satellite Sheldon’s Take

Wed, 04/13/2016 - 16:15

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Cool, Wet Weather Through Friday

Wed, 04/13/2016 - 15:23

RADAR CHECK: Light rain is falling over parts of Central Alabama this afternoon… otherwise the sky is cloudy with temperatures in the 60s.

TONIGHT/TOMORROW: A wave of low pressure on a stalled surface front to the south will mean cool, wet weather with periods of rain, and possibly a thunderstorm. Additional rain amounts of 1/2 to 1 inch are expected, and while there could be some thunder, there won’t be a severe weather threat. A cold air damming (CAD) pattern setting up means some East Alabama communities will hold in the 50s all day tomorrow; highs will be in the 60s elsewhere.

FRIDAY: Cloudy, cool weather continues. The “wedge” front pushes deeper into Alabama, and most places along and east of I-65 won’t make it out of the 50s. Some patchy light rain will linger, but amounts should be fairly light.

THE ALABAMA WEEKEND: Clouds could linger over parts of the state Saturday morning, but the sky becomes sunny by afternoon as the CAD pattern breaks down. Sunshine will be out in full force Sunday. Highs will be in the 60s Saturday, followed by mid 70s Sunday.

NEXT WEEK: The overall pattern looks pretty quiet as an upper ridge builds; the high will be around 80 each day for much of the week. A few showers are possible by Wednesday or Thursday, but it certainly doesn’t look like a big event. See the Weather Xtreme video for maps, graphics, and more details.

AT THE BEACH: Showers and storms continue at times through Friday, but the weekend will be brighter with sunshine returning Saturday and Sunday; highs from Gulf Shores over to Panama City Beach will remain mostly in the 70s. See a very detailed Gulf Coast forecast here.

HONDA INDY GRAND PRIX OF ALABAMA: The big event at the Barber Motorsports Park is April 22-24… too early for a specific forecast, but the pattern favors mild to warm temperatures. Get ticket information here.

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I had a great time today visiting with the 1st graders at Margaret Elementary in St. Clair County… be looking for them on the Pepsi KIDCAM today at 5:00 on ABC 33/40 News! The next Weather Xtreme video will be posted here by 7:00 a.m. tomorrow…

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Wednesday Midday Nowcast For Alabama

Wed, 04/13/2016 - 11:55

CURRENT CONDITIONS: Skies are cloudy across the state, with moderate to heavy showers and thunderstorms making their way into southwest Alabama.

A Flash Flood Watch will go into effect at 1:00 PM this afternoon through Thursday evening for Mobile and Baldwin Counties in Alabama, portions of northwest Florida and southwest Mississippi. Rainfall in the watch area could reach up to 3 to 5 inches, with localized higher amounts possible.

TEMPERATURES: Most spots across the state are currently reporting in the 60s, with a few lower 70s showing in the southeast corner of the state. Here are temperatures at 11:30 AM:

Birmingham: 62
Tuscaloosa: 61
Gadsden: 63
Anniston: 66
Huntsville: 63
Montgomery: 64
Mobile: 63
Dothan: 72

LATER TODAY/TONIGHT: Most of the rain and thunderstorm activity will stay in south Alabama throughout the daytime and early evening hours. Highs today will be in the upper 60s to the lower 70s across the area today. More showers and storms are expected to develop and move across the state later tonight and into tomorrow.

TOMORROW: Rain and thunderstorm chances will persist throughout the day on Thursday. There will be some breaks in the rain, but rain amounts of 1/2 to 1 inch are likely. Severe storms are not expected. Highs tomorrow will only reach the lower to mid 60s.

HONDA INDY GRAND PRIX OF ALABAMA: The big event at Barber Motorsports Park is April 22-24. It is too early for a specific forecast, but the pattern favors mild temperatures. Get your ticket information here.

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Wednesday Thoughts from Satellite Sheldon

Wed, 04/13/2016 - 09:30

The attached satellite graphic gives analysis for current features that will play in Alabama’s weather over the next several days. Blocking in Atlantic expands/further develops west into the eastern CONUS, while a developing/deepening low comes out of the Eastern Pacific to form a deep low over the West/Rockies.

This will result in an Omega block. It is called that because the jetstream flow resembles the Greek letter Omega. This type of setup tends to slow the progress of weather systems down and leads to a stagnant weather pattern.

The good news is, it is spring, so these patterns don’t last too long. But if you are under the high for nice weather you will want it to last forever…if you are under the low, you will hope that it quickly moves away so spring can return.

Unfortunately, Alabama will be nuder the low through Friday and maybe into Saturday. But, as I always say: I hate drought, so we will take the rain!

Sheldon Kusselson is our Resident Satellite Expert, having retired after a fantastic career as a satellite meteorologist with NOAA’s National Environmental Satellite, Data, and Information Service. He occasionally sends us his wisdom to share with you!

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Wet Weather Returns To Alabama

Wed, 04/13/2016 - 06:21

AT DAYBREAK: It is a quiet, cool morning across Alabama as the day begins; as cold as 39 degrees up at Fort Payne; most places are in the upper 40s and low 50s. To the west, widespread rain and thunderstorms are over Louisiana, and that big rain mass is moving in our direction.

Rain will increase later today and tonight as a wave of low pressure moves along the stalled front to the south; heaviest rain will be over far South Alabama, where a flash flood watch is in effect for Mobile and Baldwin Counties, westward into the Florida Panhandle.

For North/Central Alabama, we will forecast periods of rain and a few thunderstorms this afternoon, tonight, and tomorrow. There will be some decent breaks in the rain, however, and severe storms are not expected. Rain amounts of 1/2 to 1 inch are likely, and we won’t get past the mid 60s tomorrow afternoon.

FRIDAY: Cold air damming becomes established; a pattern where colder air drains into Alabama from the east. The day is looking very cool and wet at times; temperatures hold in the 50s all day with some occasional light rain.

SATURDAY: We will need to amend the forecast as the CAD (cold air damming) pattern continues. We will begin the day with a cloudy sky, and even a touch of light rain is possible during the morning hours. Then, we will forecast gradual clearing Saturday afternoon with a high in the mid 60s.

SUNDAY/MONDAY: These two days look delightful, with ample sunshine and afternoon temperatures well into the 70s; some places could touch 80 degrees Monday afternoon.

REST OF NEXT WEEK: Moisture begins to return Tuesday with some risk of a shower by afternoon, and the latter half of the week looks a bit unsettled with a chance of showers, and possibly a thunderstorm. But, no severe weather is expected at this point. See the Weather Xtreme video for maps, graphics, and more details.

AT THE BEACH: Rain and storms are likely through tomorrow from Panama City Beach over to Gulf Shores, and the rain could be heavy at times. Lingering showers are possible Friday, but dry weather returns Saturday and Sunday with a good supply of sunshine both days. Highs will be generally in the 70s; See a very detailed Gulf Coast forecast here.

HONDA INDY GRAND PRIX OF ALABAMA: The big event at the Barber Motorsports Park is April 22-24… too early for a specific forecast, but the pattern favors mild temperatures. Get ticket information here.

WEATHER BRAINS: Don’t forget you can listen to our weekly 90 minute netcast anytime on the web, or on iTunes. This is the show all about weather featuring many familiar voices, including our meteorologists here at ABC 33/40.

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I have a weather program today at Margaret Elementary in St. Clair County… be looking for the next Weather Xtreme video here by 4:00 this afternoon. Enjoy the day!

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